The Latest from FCFTA Leicester – 26th April 2023

FTA Learner Dorothy

Our Level 2 Certificate in Fashion & Textiles (Stitching) learner Dorothy (pictured) recently completed the course and here is her feedback…

Q: How did you get to know about course?

Dorothy: In November I enrolled for Level 1 Stitching course which I successfully completed and I was looking to gain more knowledge on the Level 2. I had shown my interest in the Level 2 during my exit interview in January. I then received a call about confirmation of my place and I was so happy the Academy could now offer this next level and I enrolled immediately.

Q Why did you want to go on this course?

Dorothy: I am disabled which is affects my mobility. I cannot take up any job due to my health conditions, however I do not want to waste my time doing nothing. My friend found this course for me and I was keen to learn about stitching and making my own clothes. Initially took Level 1 and loved it so much, I enrolled for next level as soon as it was live.

Q: What have you learnt so far and what do enjoy the most?

Dorothy: These courses are amazing. I’ve learnt how to construct a T-shirt, skirt, duvet and pillow covers, insert zips, seams etc. Now I am able to construct my own basic garments like  dresses, hair bands and many things. I am now constructing garments for myself and my sister abroad too. 

Q: What will be your next step after completing this course?

Dorothy: I’d really like to do the pattern cutting course. 

Q: Any feedback about this course the FTA?

Dorothy: It’s a wonderful environment, lovely tutors and management. Anyone can easily apply and gain a place on the course. It’s like a proper college environment with lots of fun and creativity. At the FTA you can purchase fabric and use the machines for a reasonable price even when you are not on the course. I enjoyed a lot being on this course.

As Seen on BBC East Midlands

This week BBC East Midlands Today came in to film Sallyann Kirk, a learner and designer at Fashion Technology Academy Leicester.

Sallyann loves to create her own work by upcycling ‘fast fashion’ garments and hand embellishing. Her first collection ‘Unloved Daughters’ launched in line with Fashion Revolution Week, aims to highlight the work of skilled garment workers and to turn throw-away, fast fashion into catwalk-worthy designs.

At the FTA Sallyann gained garment making skills using industrial sewing machines and successfully completed the Level 1 Award in Fashion & Textiles (Stitching) and has now enrolled for Level 1 Certificate in Fashion & Textiles (Patterns). We are really proud of her and always encourage and support learners who are so creative and would like to do something different.

Sallyann commented: “The skills I am learning at FTA are going to be so valuable going forward on my fashion design journey. Spending the morning filming with the BBC at FTA was a really positive and enjoyable experience and the support I have received from everyone there has been greatly appreciated.”

Jackie Bertram, our Deputy CEO, was also interviewed by BBC East Midlands on sustainability in the fashion industry and how we can support individuals like Sallyann to gain skills and knowledge.

Tap here to view the BBC footage of Sallyann and also our Deputy CEO Jackie Bertram.

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